Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
When I was 20, God snatched me out of great darkness and willful sin into His glorious light and forgiveness. After that radical day, I spent several years training for missions work (MorningStar School of Ministry and YWAM, among other places). My husband and I lived as missionaries in Ireland for four years, and the church we planted is still vibrant and growing! Although I’ve lived in a number of different states, we recently settled in Texas, where I’m homeschooling my daughter and will be raising chickens and a cow. For work, I’ve done everything from roofing to managing rock bands to teaching creative writing, but I specialize in making coffee and tea. At the moment, I’m thoroughly enjoying home school with my daughter and writing until the wee hours of the morning.
When did you start writing?
I guess I’ll start off by letting you in on a little secret ;). I wrote my first book, Timmy the Flying Turtle, when I was 6 years old while my entire second grade class had a MAJOR time out. We were all supposed to have our heads down on the desks and hands still. My teacher must have overlooked the fact that I was writing away instead.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?At the age of 6, I fantasized about sitting at a desk and writing stories all day the way most of my peers fantasized about being firefighters or gold medal Olympians.
What role did your family play in your writing of The Elite of the Weak?
Hadassah’s tenacity and fearlessness was inspired by three amazing girls, my daughter, my sister, and my husband’s sister. Also, my brother’s wife co-founded an organization called Love146, which works to raise awareness about human trafficking and to build safe houses around the world.
What was the hardest part of The Elite of the Weak to write?
Honestly, I struggled with the romance scenes, since I like to write adventure and action much more than romantic tension.
How did you stay inspired to finish the book?
I purchased a book called "Terrify No More", by Gary Haugen, which tells of real life rescues from human trafficking. Also, knowing what happens to kids around the globe motivated me to get the word out, and to inspire more voices to rise up against this horrific enslavement of human beings.
Could you describe your book to us?
One reader described The Elite of the Weak as: YA-Christian-Fantasy-Romance-Thriller. In this slightly futuristic spy novel, seventeen year old Hadassah longs to join up with Revelation Special Ops, a group of young adults working to free kids who are sold into human trafficking. But when the whole world descends into chaos, can the R.S.O. members stay focused on their goal? Travel with Hadassah, and the rest of the R.S.O. team through exotic locations and perilous circumstances as they seek to defend and release these kids.
If you could pray for anything, just one thing, and it be granted, what would it be?
In short, I pray that you and I will know just how LOVED we are, since everything else will flow from that one revelation. Here’s the longer version:That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.. (I borrowed that from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, 3:16-19, KJV.)
When can we expect your next book to be out?
I’m writing! I’m writing! I’m hoping July, if I can have all the edits done in time. I have other books and series in the works as well.
That was my interview with Precarious Yates. Go buy the book! You WILL NOT regret it. The links are below. She also has a website, and that link is there too. God bless you, and have a terrific day! (PS: Congrats on your book, Precarious! I hope to see many more!)